Category: Legislature

Letter: Ending oil tax holiday could pay for infrastructure – Billings Gazette, March 23, 2015

March 24, 2015
When it comes to helping Montana communities pay for the impacts caused by oil and gas development, the Legislature has ignored the obvious solution for years. Taxes on mineral extraction are intended in large part to help deal with the impacts caused by such development. But the Legislature has refused to tax the majority of new oil and gas extraction in Montana. The tax-free holiday on oil and gas production was enacted in the 1990s. The Legislature at...
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Letter: Trans-Pacific Partnership should be killed – Billings Gazette, March 22, 2015

March 24, 2015
With the Trans-Pacific Partnership, Congress is looking to grant the Obama administration blanket approval to sign huge new trade agreements negotiated behind closed doors, without meaningful public input or oversight. We certainly understand the importance of international trade to our state and to our country, but "fast tracking" a secretive trade deal — with implications for American jobs and U.S. environmental regulations — a deal giving vast new powers to foreign investors — is not the appropriate way to...
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Department of Interior issues new rules for fracking on public lands – Huffington Post, March 23, 2015

March 20, 2015
By Kate Sheppard WASHINGTON -- The Department of Interior released new rules for hydraulic fracturing for oil and gas on public lands in the United States on Friday, the first significant update to the regulations in three decades. "Decades-old regulations don't take into account current technology for hydraulic fracturing," said Interior Sec. Sally Jewell in a call with reporters Friday. The new rules will require companies drilling on public lands to disclose the chemicals they are using to the Bureau...
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Montana regulators say Otter Creek coal mine proposal can’t proceed without more information from Arch Coal – Associated Press, March 20, 2015

March 20, 2015
By Matt Brown BILLINGS, Montana — Montana regulators won't move forward on a proposal for a major new coal mine until sponsor Arch Coal Inc. addresses hundreds of deficiencies in its application, the state Department of Environmental Quality said Friday. The St. Louis-based company's Otter Creek Mine would extract up to 20 million tons of coal a year from state-owned and private leases south of Ashland near the Wyoming border. The proposal already was more than two years...
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Local food expert to speak in Billings – Billings Gazette, March 20, 2015

March 20, 2015
By Tom Lutey Despite a growing appetite for locally grown food, the Billings farm-to-market scene still struggles. Northern Plains Resource Council would like to change that. “We been banging on the door of a kind of alternative, local community food for a long time,” said Ressa Charter, a local rancher and Northern Plains leader. We’ve went to meetings with groups from 10 other ag states and jawboned about why it’s been such an uphill battle, as it’s certainly...
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Letter: Oil, gas taxes: Make industry pay fair share – Missoulian, March 15, 2015

March 16, 2015
Since 2008, Montana has lost out on $265 million in tax revenue because oil and gas companies don't have to pay a tax on the initial oil and gas they produce. Oil and gas companies are given a free pass on paying taxes for the first 12 months of a vertical well and the 18 months for a fracked or horizontal well. To add insult to injury, these are the most productive times for oil and gas drilling....
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Letter: Confirm Peggy Ames-Nerud to state oil & gas board – Billings Gazette, March 11, 2015

March 11, 2015
I am a cattle rancher from northeastern Montana. I am also both a mineral and royalty owner. I have attended several meetings of the Montana Board of Oil and Gas Conservation since August of 2013, when Circle rancher Peggy Ames-Nerud was appointed to the board by Gov. Bullock. During that time I have been impressed with the way she has grown into the job and also by her willingness to listen to all sides of an issue. For...
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Guest opinion: Senate Bill 374 ensures oil companies pay their fair share – Montana Standard, March 10, 2015

March 11, 2015
By State Sen. Christine Kaufmann In Montana, we believe in fairness and a level playing field. But right now, oil and gas companies extracting Montana resources are not paying their fair share. From 2008 to 2014, these companies received a tax break of more than $126 million, costing local communities and the state critical revenue to meet infrastructure, social service, and public safety needs. In 1999, the legislature created a huge tax break for oil and gas companies....
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Letter: State should rescind tax holiday for oil, gas industry- Missoulian, March 10, 2015

March 11, 2015
We all lose out when the oil and gas industry gets a free ride. The oil and gas industry is a boom-and-bust venture. Companies get in as quickly as possible, extract as much of the resource as possible, make millions of dollars, and then get out just as quickly, leaving behind a mess of abandoned wells, frack water storage areas, torn-up farmland, depleted and unusable water, crumpled roads and a local economy in tatters. Unlike neighboring North Dakota,...
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Powerful influence: NWE proves strong adversary in Montana politics – Bozeman Daily Chronicle, March 8, 2015

March 9, 2015
By Troy Carter During the year’s legislative session, Bozeman legislators Mike Phillips, a Democrat, and Art Wittich, a Republican, joined in an almost unheard of bipartisan attempt to raise the cap on net-metering in Montana, a policy that credits homeowners for electricity they produce in excess of their consumption. NorthWestern Energy, the monopoly that owns Montana’s power grid, opposed the bill and five others affecting utilities in the state. Last week the legislative session hit the halfway mark,...
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